For Local Educators and Administrators presented in collaboration with TMI Education.This workshop provided educators with the opportunity to expand their understanding of mindfulness practices andl introduced hands-on strategies for use in the classroom.
This workshop featured mindfulness in education expert, Linda Lantieri, MA, author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children and Director of The Inner Resilience Program. Linda gave a presentation and led a panel of local educators who have integrated mindfulness into their classrooms.Panel members were Nikki Van Ess, Erin Corcoran, Lisa Sargenti and Kathyrn Hess. A question and answer session followed.
Linda Lantieri, MA
Linda Lantieri, MA has been in the field in education for over 40 years in a variety of capacities: classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle school in East Harlem, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City. She is a Fulbright Scholar and internationally known speaker in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness in Education.
Currently she serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. Linda is one of the co-founders and presently a Senior Program Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department of Columbia University, Teachers College teaching in a special Master’s Degree Program through the Mind-Body- Spirit Institute at Columbia University, Teachers College.
Linda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children (Sounds True, 2008, 2014).
K-12 Educator Panelists:
A Second Grade Teacher from Hawes Elementary School, Lisa Sargenti has been practicing a daily three minute morning meditation with her second graders for the past two years. The practice began with her intention to teach her students strategies to feel calm and approach learning with a clear mind. She is also a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. She enjoys teaching her students controlled breathing and poses throughout their school day.
With a Masters in Reading and multiple yoga certifications, Erin Corcoran is a passionate educator with 28 years’ experience. Throughout her career, she has taught various grade levels at both the elementary and middle school level. She is currently an 8th grade English teacher at Ben Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Besides being a classroom teacher, Erin is also the creator of Move. Reflect. Grow. a teen yoga series that offers an opportunity for teens to take a break from their fast paced, technologically connected life to find the possibility and power within. These classes blend movement, breath work, and reflective journaling which allow teens the opportunity to build confidence and foster a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Erin has completed various mindfulness in education courses and is a Radiant Child Certified Yoga teacher.
Nikki Van Ess
Nikki Van Ess earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware in History Education and joined Hackensack Public Schools in February of 1996. She received her Master’s in Curriculum and Teaching in 2001 from Teachers College Columbia University. After 17 years of teaching for Hackensack Public Schools, Nikki accepted a position as Supervisor of Social Studies and Business for Mahwah Public Schools. As supervisor she leads 20 teachers in curriculum and instruction. In 2014, Nikki trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and earned her 200 hour yoga certification. Since certification, she has attended mindfulness training and conferences at Omega, Kripalu, and the Open Center in New York City to work with leaders like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Deepak Chopra, Mindful Based Stress Reduction, and Mindful Schools.